“Before I read Determined to Stay, I knew nothing about Palestine or Israel. After reading it, I learned so much about the hopes that the Palestinian people feel all the time. I think it’s important that people my age know about what is going on in Palestine because it is so scary what is happening in the world, and we should know how we can help. . . One question I have is, how is the UN ok with this? It is terrible!”

Sixth-grade student

This student read Determined to Stay: Palestinian Youth Fight for Their Village, by Teach Palestine Project co-coordinator Jody Sokolower, with his 6th grade class and then Jody did a virtual author talk online. The students’ questions ranged from “How do the Israeli police know if a kid is Palestinian or Israeli?” to “What was it like being Jewish writing this book?” to “What did the Palestinians do that the Israelis hate them so much?” According to Lyndsey MacKenzie, their teacher: “The book gave us meaningful opportunities to discuss power, privilege, and injustice. One theme that emerged from our discussions was the danger of a ‘single story’ and how Determined to Stay offered us powerful stories to help us learn more about the intentionally silenced stories of the Palestinian people.”

The Teach Palestine Project has big plans for the fall! We are collaborating with the Xicanx Institute for Teaching and Organizing (XITO) on a workshop on teaching Palestine within an Ethnic Studies framework. November 5 and 6, we will be in Tucson and at the Tohono O’odham Nation Reservation on the US/Mexico border. If you’re interested in a class set of Determined to Stay, our upcoming workshops, or joining the Teach Palestine Project, contact jody@mecaforpeace.org or go to www.teachpalestine.org